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today," a working holiday. the nation's ailing job force is front and center for president obama on this labor day. gathering the clues. a key piece of evidence surfaces in the gulf oil disaster. and good news and bad news. new hopes and new hurdles for and good news and bad news. new hopes and new hurdles for trapped chilean miners. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with laboring on labor day. as much of the nation takes the day off to celebrate this labor
day, president obama will be working instead, talking up his plan to help put unemployed americans back to work. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with more. good morning to you. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this is traditionally the day that we celebrate american workers, but today president obama will be telling them to hang on. this afternoon president obama spends labor day with union workers in milwaukee. union leaders say what's traditionally a day of celebration has become a day of frustration for many. >> 11 million people out of work have less to be thankful for than those on wall street that are doing quite well. >> reporter: unemployment creeped up to 9.6% friday, jobs are being created, but not nearly fast enough to employ the millions left jobless in this recession. today and in cleveland wednesday, the president will talk about the slow recovery and urge congress to approve $100
billion in tax breaks for small business. >> that's really what the bottom line is, small businesses are the engine of growth. government doesn't create the jobs. all we do is help train people for those jobs. >> reporter: the unemployment rate could have a big impact on november's elections. democrats are fighting to maintain control, hammered by republicans who blame them for joblessness in america. and the president will hold a rare news conference this week where jobs will likely be the number one issue. from capitol hill, i'm tracie potts. lynn? >> thanks so much. in louisiana, investigators will begin examining a key piece of evidence in the government's attempt to get to the bottom of the gulf oil disaster. bp successfully retrieved its failed blowout preventer and put in a new one. however this labor day, there's still more work to be done. frances coe has more. >> reporter: it will be the start of major work at the site of the worst environmental
disaster. >> we should be ready to move forward again sometime this next week. >> reporter: the permanent plugging of the well comes as officials say the danger of another leak goes away. >> this well does not constitute a threat to the gulf of mexico at this point. >> reporter: sealing the well is just one task at hand. the other is the investigation which took a crucial step over the weekend. bp crews hoisted the failed blowout preventer, a 300-ton, 50 foot tall piece of evidence, now headed to a nasa facility in louisiana for analysis. >> knowing that we have this stack on surface and the investigation moving forward, everybody's going to understand what has taken place. >> reporter: bp's well site leader says finding answers helps honor the 11 men who died. >> they deserve this. they deserve this to come up and we need to find out not only for them and their memories, but for the industry because i know that
they would want it no other way. >> reporter: a hope for answers to the tragedy that's also shared by many along this battered gulf coast. frances coe, nbc news. here's a look at other stories making news. in maryland, a construction worker is in stable condition after he was trapped and partially buried in a collapsed trench for two hours. three others who managed to escape were only able to pull him up to his waist. fortunately firefighters arrived and worked quickly to free the man. in pennsylvania, a labor day picnic was cut short when an elevated deck gave way and crashed 22 feet to the ground injuring six adults and one child. officials are working to determine what caused it to collapse. some speculate the age of the structure may be to blame. and it was an impressive showdown at the national buffalo wing festival in new york. champion eater joey chestnut headlined a chicken wing eating
contest going up against five member teams to devour the most wings in seven minutes. in the end, the professional eater couldn't gobble up the competition but placed a respectable second eating just under 30 pounds. i'm sure that's going well with your cereal. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's scott williams with the weather channel forecast. good morning to you, scott. good to see you. good to see you, too. good morning. on this labor day, taking a look at the weather where you live and certainly we're finding cooler temperatures to start here in parts of the northeast and new england, boston right now 62 degrees. new york city, 61. washington, d.c., 63. and atlanta, checking in at 68. we still have the heat, however, as we move out into the southwest, phoenix 93, and cooler temperatures in the pacific northwest. now, as far as the moisture across the country, we are watching several areas here especially the high plains around the great lakes and also watching tropical moisture in the southern gulf of mexico.
that is a tropical depression that we'll have to watch, it could become hermine, but it will bring squally concerns in to south texas. today new york 81, washington, d.c. looking good at 84. atlanta, 89. dallas, about 93 degrees for your high temperature. cloudy, cool, rainy in the pacific northwest, but look for high temperatures right around 62 degrees. so that's your labor day forecast. back to work here as we move in to your tuesday. looking unsettled here in the lone star state, showers and thunderstorms continue to cool seattle. new england, temperatures will warm up. that's a look at the weather across the country. here's a look at the weather closer to where you live. temperature-wise, in philadelphia for today, 83 degrees. tampa, scattered showers and thunderstorms, 91. as we look at chicago, not too bad, but we will see some clouds across the country and memphis, look for highs right around 91 degrees. that's a look at the weather
where you live. lynn, back to you. >> scott, thanks so much. well, the issues ahead this week on wall street. and a former hp big shot checks out the competition. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, the critics learn this weekend at the box office never underestimate the drawing power of the heavy weight hollywood star. red sox try to avoid a sweep, a bizarre ending for the rangers, and a tradition that has ruffled a few feathers. you're watching "early today."
>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. less than a week after the u.s. declared the end of combat operations in iraq, american troops opened fire on suicide bombers who assaulted a baghdad army base yesterday. the fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens more. most of them iraqi soldiers. guatemala is observing a
national day of mourning today after torrential rains caused landslides that killed at least 38 people over the weekend. authorities expect that death toll to rise as rescuers search for survivors under walls of mud and rock. new documents show that 33 miners trapped half a mile below the surface in chile may be rescued as early as november. that's likely little comfort for the men who yesterday marked exactly one month since they were caved in. there are reports the men have to send up a note designating who should get their $1600 salary for august and any donations since some relatives are engaged in bitter disputes over that money. wall street is off today for the holiday, but here's an early look at how trading ended friday heading into the long weekend. the dow closed at 10,447 after gaining 127 points. the s&p rose 14 and the nasdaq
added 33. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei jumped 187 while in hong kong, the hang seng climbed 384. investors saying so long to summer, trying to figure out what direction the american economy is headed in. traders breathed a big sigh of relief friday after highly anticipated job figures showed the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month, much less than most analysts expected. while unemployment rose to 9.6%, the private sector created 67,000 new jobs, which together with last week's upbeat manufacturing news justified at least a little modest optimism. jobs will take center stage again this week with the weekly report on first time jobless claims, which has fallen for two weeks in a row, and the job openings and labor turnover survey which shows what sectors are hiring.
also center stage this week, president obama and his plans for jump-starting the economy. he's promised to unveil a new package of job creation measures designed to stimulate even more hiring. one feature expected, business tax credits. elsewhere, the fed's beige book is out wednesday. that's the federal reserve's monthly survey of economic conditions around the nation. that will be followed thursday by international trade figures for july. reports say mark hurd, who was forced to resign as hewlett-packard ceo last month after an investigation into sexual harassment found he manipulated expenses, is in talks with rival oracle to take a top executive position there. and finally power to the people. a german court has ruled a company that fired a plan for the theft of two cents worth of electricity has no grounds to and must reinstate him. the man lost his job after using the firm's power to charge his
segway for an hour and a half. coming up, a hail mary that actually worked. the twins win on a rule book finish. and the sox take on the sox. plus the marlins snag a thrilling win against the braves. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. plus get your labor day forecast. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, the boston red sox hosted the chicago white sox yesterday. and of course i have the sox on this one. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. >> good morning. last week the chicago white sox took a chance on manny ramirez. now they're riding a six game win streak after sweeping the red sox. down to its final out in the ninth. rbi single to center tied it at 5. moments later, sacks full and the white sox took the lead, went on to win it 7-5 for their first sweep at fenway in 19 years. rangers and twins. texas down two. sacks full in the ninth. ground ball. everybody was safe. hudson saw michael young wandering, got him to end the game. but here's the controversy. the umpire called him out
because he touched his third base coach. ball game over. here's the replay. looked like he was right. a very slight touch, none the less, they made contact. rangers loss in a bizarre finish. a high fly to center. incredible grab. however, two runs tag on the play and tied the game at six. stayed that way until the tenth. scott cousins had never had a major league hit until now. he'll remember that forever. marlins won it 7-6. another great finish, this time in college football. final play of the game, east carolina needing a touchdown for the win. davis threw up a prayer and it was answered. justin jones came down with the ball. east carolina beat tulsa on a 33 yard hail mary. nfl news, after a seven month holdout, the jets have finally come to terms with darrelle revis. he agreed to a four year, $46
million deal with the team. and finally that oregon ducks mascot, saturday was a busy day. every time oregon scores, he does pushups to equal their point total. how bad was it? oregon beat new mexico 72-0. do the math. 506 pushups. after the game he was asked how he felt. ducky was too exhausted, he couldn't even manage a quack. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> announcer: "early today" sports is brought to you by ice blue aqua velva. men get it. who is on top and who is a flop at the box office this long holiday weekend? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, a vietnamese boy gets some much needed help in america and makes some friends while he's at it. you're watching "early today."
welcome back to "early today." i'm meteorologist scott williams. watching the satellite and radar, tropical moisture streaming in to texas, also a few sprinkles around the great lake, but cool temperatures to start in parts of the northeast and new england. low 60s. looking for a great labor day, new york city, high p temperatures right around 81 degrees. philadelphia, 82. washington, d.c., 85. continued hot around phoenix, 104 degrees. and new orleans, a high today of 90.
scattered showers along the gulf coast and the sunshine state, orlando, 93 and 91 in miami. cool in the pacific northwest. and if you're watching us in new orleans, wdsu, it's fins and grins at the audubon nature institute as the aquarium cell opera celebrates its 20th anniversary. that's a look at your "early today" event. now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. with one more day to go in the four day holiday weekend, the so-called experts are getting ready to eat some crow. the george clooney thriller "the american," which experts wrote off after luke warm reviews and a soft midweek opening is leading the pack right now with just under $13 million. by tomorrow, it should reach roughly $16 million for the four day holiday, which looks like it would be enough to claim the top spot. last weekend's winner, "takers," showed more stamina than expected.
currently in second with $11.5 million, looking at a likely $14 million finish for the holiday. the revenge thriller "machete" is running third with just over $11 million and will likely finish with around $14 million, as well. and finally the big holiday flop this year, "going the distance". currently fifth with less than $7 million. i could have called that. >> i haven't seen any of those movies. what about you? >> actually, i didn't go see the american because our friend, bill karins, who i think called in sick after he predicted that it was going to be a bomb at the box office -- no, just kidding. but i didn't see that because he said it was supposed to be terrible, so i saw "the other guys," which is like in the rear view mirror, it's been out forever. and it was hilarious.
so people are down in florida where it's rainy all weekend, go see "the other guys." that's my advice, since we know the experts aren't that good. >> lots to see and do this labor day. sdl exactly. this comes to us from rochester, minnesota where one boy took his first step toward normal life. with the assistance of a local church group, the 6-year-old from vietnam was fitted with his first prosthetic leg. he was born with a condition where the bone in one of his legs stopped growing. but now he's standing upright, looking forward to his first day of school and running with his friends. well, i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today, on your nbc station.
john boehner >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today in hd. >> good morning. it is labor day. we have a quick look at the weather. it is kind of cooled this morning. beautiful morning. low humidity at the airport. 58 degrees at the airport. for these early morning cool temperatures, that is a driver reading. later this morning, the number would drop down considerably by 10:00 a.m.
3013 is the paramount pressure. there is a breeze to speak of. --30.13 is the bearer matchett barometric pressure. in the great lakes, there is a weather disturbance. our day says it will stay north of us. we will talk about the forecast in detail. >> thank you. 56 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> the race for maryland's governor heats up as bob ehrlich releases his first television ad.